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    Senior Aide to Former Iraqi President Hussein Killed in Iraq – Governor

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    A high-ranking aide to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim Douri, has been killed during a security operation outside Tikrit, 87 miles northwest of the capital Baghdad, an Iraqi governor said Friday.

    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) — Douri was named as number six on the US most-wanted list of Iraqi officials when the US-led coalition launched a military operation against President Hussein's government in March 2003.

    "The Iraqi security forces have managed to eliminate Izzat Ibrahim Douri during an operation in the Himrin area," Saladin Province Governor Ahmed Jubouri told local Alsumaria television.

    The channel showed pictures of the body of a red-bearded man believed to be Douri. Local police said that were conducting DNA tests to identify the body.

    Prior to the overthrow of Hussein Gen. Douri was Vice Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, the country's ultimate decision-making body at the time.

    After Hussein was executed in December 2006, Douri succeeded him as the new leader of the banned Baath Party.

    Douri had also been a commander of an insurgency group fighting the new Iraqi government since late 2006.


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